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is a dinosaur. little ethan's kidnaper is dead, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes killed yesterday in the fbi raid that freed that little boy. victor blackwell, live from midland city, alabama this morning. i know you're very excited to be sharing this information, victor. what do we know about the raid and why law enforcement actually decided to go in? >> good morning, zoraida. two reasons primarily. the first is because authorities say they observed jimmy lee dykes with a gun and the second reason is because in the day leading up to that raid, the communications with dykes had broken down. so they realized they could not wait any longer to go in and rescue ethan. ethan is safe. this is a photograph of the 5-year-old being taken into a hospital after nearly a week being held in an underground bunker in alabama. >> he's fine. he's laughing, playing, joking, eating, the things you would expect a normal 5-year-old or 6-year-old young man to do. he's very brave, he's very lucky. the success story is that he is out safe and doing great. >> reporter: the dramatic end came after officers saw 65-year-old
neighbors have identified as 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes stopped a school bus, shot the driver, killed him, and took a random kindergarten on the bunker on his property. now, neighbors describe the vietnam veteran as a survivalist and a menace to the community who had a history of threatening people. our victor blackwell is about a half a mile away from the bunker tonight. victor, i know this has been a very troubling and disturbing the story, because now another 24 hours have gone by. there have been few developments in terms of whether this little boy will be freed. what can you tell us more about this suspect? >> reporter: well, we've spoken with more than a few people in this community who have had run-ins with jimmy lee dykes, and i can tell you that he's not well thought of in this community. they tell us stories of shouting at them, allegedly shooting at them. they say he patrolled his property between 1:00 and 3:00 a.m. with a flashlight and a shotgun and threatened to shoot anyone or anything that came on to his property. one woman we spoke with said she never even knew the man's
. jimmy lee dykes, a retired truck drive history moved to the area five years ago. police say tuesday he boarded a school bus near his home, killed the driver, tooked 5-year-old boy at gunpoint. victor, i know you have learned something about the connection between dykes and the bus driver. >> reporter: erin, that bus driver charles poland drove that right down 231 every day. and every day the route ended right at the road that leads up to jimmy lee dykes' property, the man inside that bunker. we've said as we've learned from neighbors the past few days that jimmy lee dykes is very protective of his property, they say he would walk his property line with a gun in one hand and a flashlight in the other and shout at anything or any animal that walked across his property. each day we're told by a man who's known the bus driver about 20 years, he would turn that pulse on the road at the end of the road, just the tip of it, at jimmy lee dykes' property. and that made dykes angry. and he would shout at the man and the bus. what we're also told, there were times when he went in, speaking about
in an underground bunker. this man, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes. we're starting to hear why he may have killed a bus driver earlier this week but we still don't know why he grabbed a child from that bus. victor blackwell. good morning again. how are investigators actually communicating with this guy in the bunker? >> reporter: good morning, randi. this is really bizarre. however sophisticated setup. we have an animation based on what a neighbor tells us this bunker look like. there is a pvc pipe that goes from the road that leads up to jimmy lee dykes property that goes all the way to this bunker past the mobile home, past the red container, next to his home. through that, they are communicating. it's just as important to mention what authorities do not want to communicate to jimmy lee dykes. they have said to the media several times not to show live tactics, anything that they're doing as they approach the home. they have also not given us many details because they don't want to acknowledge at a time taat a acknowledge at a time d -- agitate dykes. there would be no other reason not to give details
unharmed. police released a picture of the suspect. 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes. nbcfirmed in the navy in the '60s. he earned the a vet nam service medal. the school bus was towed away, that had been at the crime scene tuesday afternoon. dykes boarded that school bus and demanded a few children. when the bus driver refused, dykes shot and killed away and made away with a 5-year-old boy named ethan, believed to have asperger's syndrome. they have been holed up in this bunker now for several days now. police are communicating with him through a ventilation pipe. local residents are praying for a peaceful resolution. >>> joining me now with more, former fbi profiler and hostage negotiator clint van zandt. welcome to you, my friend. what a situation. going on five days now, but i know have you said the extended time might help negotiators. how does that work? >> alex, there is an old hostage negotiation axiom. time decreases stress and anxiety. that's what we want to do, bring down the stress and anxiety level of jimmy lee dykes, who is in there. we want him to strongly identify with ethan
reasons why this happened when it did. first, we're told that communications with jimmy lee dykes broke down in the day leading up to the raid and the more important reason, they saw he had a gun and he had to go in when they did to save ethan. ethan is safe. this is a photograph of the 5-year-old being taken to a hospital after being held hostage for nearly a week in an underground bunker in midland city, alabama. >> he is doing fine. he's laughing, joking, playing, eating. things that you would expect a normal 5 to 6-year-old young man to do. he's very brave. he's very lucky, and the success story is that he is out safe and doing great. >> reporter: the dramatic end came after officers saw 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes holding a weapon. they felt they could not hold off any longer. >> at this point, fbi agents, fearing the child was in imminent danger, entered the bunker and rescued the child. >> dykes was killed during the operation. a witness in the area describes what he heard. >> i heard a big boom, and then i heard -- i believe i heard rifle shots. >> reporter: how loud of a boom?
in the arms of his family this morning. >> his abductor, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes is dead. killed in the raid that freed that little boy. they used secret cameras to watch dykes, noticed he was acting erratically and that time may had been running out. victor blackwell is live. what a relief for this family. victor, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, brooke. yes, not only for the family, but for the entire community. people across the country, even in other countries, were following this story, and commenting and praying that they were hoping ethan would be able to come home soon. two reasons why this happened when it did. first, we're told that communications with jimmy lee dykes broke down in the day leading up to the raid and the more important reason, they saw he had a gun and he had to go in when they did to save ethan. ethan is safe. this is a photograph of the 5-year-old being taken to a hospital after being held hostage for nearly a week in an underground bunker in midland city, alabama. >> he is doing fine. he's laughing, joking, playing, eating. things that you wou
of their communications with the suspect jimmy lee dykes or saying whether he has made any demands, but some neighbors believe the attention he is now getting is exactly what he was looking for. this is jimmy lee dykes, the 65-year-old man who has been holding a 5-year-old hostage since tuesday afternoon. the photography released friday by the dale county sheriff's department. the standoff has entered its fifth day. the bufrpger where dykes is keeping ethan is even smaller than previously reported. a steep ladder leads into the space which is 4 feet wide and 6 feet long with 8-foot-high ceilings. >> if i ever saw somebody come up missing, i'd know where to start looking. >> reporter: at first neighbors thought dykes was constructing a storm shelter but michael grew alarmed when dykes asked him a strange question. do you think you can hear someone scream from inside. >> it's a little bit of a red flag in my mind. >> reporter: creel's nephew stepped off the bus moments before he killed the bus driver and kidnapped ethan. that day he had dropped off home made jam for paving his
police say jimmy lee dykes is holding a 5-year-old boy hostage. the boy has asperger's syndrome and is said to be as comfortable as possible. it all began when the suspect allegedly boarded a school bus, demanding hostages. police say he shot the driver when the driver tried to intervene. that driver, charles poland, was laid to rest this weekend. investigators say besides careful negotiations, dykes is showing very few signs that he is willing to end the standoff. elizabeth prann is live in midland, alabama, where she has been since the story first broke. what do we expect to hear from law enforcement today? >> reporter: well, we're about an hour away from a scheduled press briefing where we hope to learn more information about the suspect. all eyes are on jimmy lee dykes. we hope to learn more about the conditions in that underground bunker where he is holding the 5-year-old boy. authorities tell us they're working 24 hours a day. a constant shift of authorities. in fact they set up a compound right next to our location. over the weekend authorities gave us a first-hand look a
the suspect. all eyes are on jimmy lee dykes. we hope to learn more about the conditions in that underground bunker where he is holding the 5-year-old boy. authorities tell us they're working 24 hours a day. a constant shift of authorities. in fact they set up a compound right next to our location. over the weekend authorities gave us a first-hand look at the bus involved as it was towed away from the crime scene. authorities holding a press conference thanking the suspect, for quote, taking care of this boy. there is heater in the bunker. the young kindergartener is getting comfort food such as potato chips, toys and coloring book and medication. there is an open line of communication in the pvc pipe we've been hearing about. neighbors described of the man as a menacing figure who often gave threats of violence. jenna. jenna: as we look at some of the video we've seen over the last several days there is this real sense we're seeing of the same thing being repeated and not a lot of progress we put on. there is shot what is happening on sunday. we're showing our viewers now. what about the co
been going on for close to a week. jimmy lee dykes described as a survivalist, the bus driver who shielded other children from the gunman is being hailed as a hero. charles poland jr. was honored yesterday. victor blackwell is following all of the developments from midland city, alabama. ♪ >> hundreds of friends and relatives, strangers, listened to excerpts from letters writtenpy children. the children, 66-year-old bus driver charles poland dref to school every day. teachers arrived oniel low buses aborned with black bows to honor the friend they called chuck. >> he was a simple man, but i can tell you this, there this time, i haven't used a word to describe himself that he would very graciously decline, and that word is hero. >> reporter: he was driving his usual route on tuesday when jimmy lee dykes forced his way on to the bus with the gun and demanded to take two of the 22 children. poland refused. dykes shot and killed him and snatched a 5-year-old boy. local, state and federal authorities have been working around the clock to free the boy from a bunker. heater and electri
, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes killed in the raid. he granted the boy, ethaning off his school bus, after shooting and killing the bus driver last week. they raided the bunker when they became concerned his mental state was declining. ethan's birthday is tuesday. he's going to turn 6. people are celebrating. the fbi is dispatching a shooting review board to sort this out. we'll talk to two experts about the raid and also about how hey child overcomes something like this little kid had to go through and the ordeal around it. >>> but, first, background on what it feels to go through what little ethan experienced. miguel marquez talked with a survivor kidnapped off her school bus years ago remembers it like it was yesterday. >> reporter: this is the bus you were in in 1976 when you and your friends were kidnapped? >> right. >> reporter: what is it like to be inside of here? >> well, it brings back all of the memories. >> reporter: memories taken years to get observe, memories brought back to life watching a similar drama play out in alabama, at center a little boy named ethan. >> he's
even prayers that were made for jimmy lee dykes, the man who is believed to be holding the 5-year-old boy. so they hope that his heart could be turned by the prayers today. that remains to be seen. afterwards though, there were people lining the funeral procession route as it headed towards the cemetery, and i talked to one woman, she is a bus driver of 23 years. she drove her bus, made sure she was on the route so the family saw her. tomorrow her school starts again for the first time since this incident, and i asked her how she felt about that. >> i know there wasn't anything going to happen, but it was just the thoughts of what happened behind that wheel, and as i drove it further down the road, i began to settle down, you know, and then when i got out here, i saw my children out here. they hugged me. they cried with me. you know, it kind of eased my fears and i know it eased theirs, too. >> reporter: really a remarkable scene there, don, because there's the bus driver with her bus with the children who ride the bus all supporting one another and wanting to show their support f
sixth straight day. law enforcement officials say this man, jimmy lee dykes, shot and killed a school bus driver and is holding a 5-year-old boy named ethan in an underground bunker. little ethan has some mild autism as well. gabe gutierrez joins us from midland city, alabama. gabe, we know authorities have been talking to dykes through that pvc pipe of some sort. do we know whether he's asking for anything? >> reporter: craig, we've been following this story for days. police are very tightlipped about what their communication with dykes involves. we don't know if he's making any demeans, but yesterday we did hear from the sheriff and saw some signs of how sensitive these negotiations have become. the shefb thariff thavsnked the for taking care of our child. law enforcement authorities may believe that the suspect has access to television in the bunker. he has an electric heater, blankets and treating the child relatively well and the child so far was not physically harmed, but not many details on the nature of the negotiations. this has been going on for more than 118 hours, since tu
of jimmy lee dykes joins me now. you must be absolutely delighted. >> absolutely delighted. it is a total miracle. and the best way that things could have ended because ethan will be just fine. >> there's going to be an update on exactly what the operation entailed i believe at 10:00 pm. stay tuned. there was a sense apparently from what we can tell with the fbi that this kidnapper was going to take action to harm the boy and at that point they moved in. is that your understanding? >> that is my understanding. my -- i figure that it probably -- it will all come out, you know, very soon as far as the exact details. the most important thing is that god rescued ethan and, you know, as far as who we call the mean man, we will never have to be afraid of him again. my granddaughter can come over and play in my front yard and, you know, go on the swing set i bought for her and stuff and never will have to worry whether he's sitting there with a rifle watching us. >> it's ended miraculously well for that poor little boy. he has been through a nightmare and i hope he can get all the help he needs
that officers after speaking to neighbors and acquaintances of jimmy lee dykes described him as strongly anti-government in his views, as you said anti-america, whatever that may mean and he also described him as a survivalist, which seems fairly obvious, given the bunker that he dug in his backyard. >> so we're familiar with the term survivalist from this show on table, "dooms day preppers." is this the kind of guy we're talking about? those people don't seem particularly dangerous. >> i think doomsday preppers tv show tends to feature all kinds of different people looking for various types. in reality the survivalist movement is dominated by people with extremely right wing views and fears and generally those fears center around what the government is going to do. these people very widely feel that government has very bad plans for the rest of us around the corner, that some catastrophe is looming. we saw the survivalist movement really take off in a couple of instances in the last few years one around the so-called y2k bug the fear that computers were going to collapse when the clocked rol
. this is according to police who have been communicating with this 65-year-old man, jimmy lee dykes, talking to him through a pipe leading into this bunker. some eight feet under ground. the standoff began tuesday when dykes allegedly snatched the boy from his school bus, killing the driver who tried to stop him. >>> now two years after the egyptian uprising, hosni mubarak, this is cairo today. thousands of opponents of president mohamed morsi hurling molotov cocktails, setting off fireworks at the outer wall of the palace compound as a fire burned. this is the entrance of his palace. we're hearing morse write ing inside. >>> and this is the scene, you hear all the chanting, the shouting. this is outside our cnn bureau in cairo. hundreds of protesters chanting in the streets. a week of riots calling for an end to morsi's rule has left up to 60 people dead. >>> a terse response from senator robert menendez to allegations he partied with prostitutes in the caribbean. he was asked if he had violated any campaign finance laws on those trips. >> menendez released a statement earlier calling the allegat
in the bunker now for five days. police say the man is 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes. his reason for taking the boy still unclear. police have been communicating with him through a pipe that goes into the bunker. >>> not in two, new -- number two, new allegations of drug use aimed at alex rodriguez. espn reports that the yankees' third baseman got personal visits from the owner of a miami area health clinic. the owner allegedly injected a-rod with performance enhancing drugs as recently as last year. a-rod's spokesman issued a statement saying the allegations are not true. >>> number three, vice president joe biden is talking iran this morning at a security conference in munich, germany. >> we would be prepared to meted bilaterally with the iranian leadership. we would not make it a secret. we would let our partners know if that occasion presented it says. that offer stands, but it must be real and tangible. has to be an agenda that they're prepared to speak to. >> biden plans to sit down with the key syrian leader. the-est level meeting with the forces trying to overthrough president basha
the first picture of the man they say is responsible. 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes. the man believed to be holding hostage a boy with asperger's syndrome named ethan in an underground bunker. >> he has supplies there and food there, but this is a young child, 5 years only has he got food that this child will eat? >> reporter: nbc news confirmed dykes served more than four years in the u.s. navy in the '60s and earned several awards, including a meritorious unit commendation, good conduct medal and vietnam service medal. but on tuesday, those honors seemed very far away. police say dykes boarded a stopped school bus and demanded two random young children. when the bus driver refused, police say dykes shot and killed him. made off with 5-year-old ethan. kelly miller says her kids got off that bus right before the shooting. >> i cannot believe -- if he got on that bus with the intentions of grabbing a 6 to 8-year-old, he let them clear the bus before this happened. >> reporter: visitation for the bus driver, charles poland jr., is scheduled for later today. his family says he loved his
is unharmed. on friday, investigators released this picture of the suspect, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes. not only was he in the navy in the '60s, but he earned awards including the vietnam service medal. friday, police towed away the school bus from the crime scene. it had been there since tuesday afternoon when police say dykes boarded it as it was stopped, demanded a few children, and then shot and killed the bus driver when he wouldn't hand them over. since then, dykes has been holed up in an underground bunker nearby with a 5-year-old boy named ethan with asbupergeasper syndrome. officials have lowered medicine and coloring books for ethan through the pipe. the bus driver has been called a hero, and the funeral will be scheduled for later today. residents are hoping and praying for a peaceful resolution. lester? >> gabe gutierrez for us this morning. thank you. >>> and clint van zandt is a former fbi profiler and nbc news analyst. nice to have you here. >> hi, lester. good to be here. >> we understand this man has a television. so i have to be mindful -- we have to be mindful, we do
reported last hour that jimmy lee dykes still has the little 6-year-old boy inside the bunker on his property, stemming from the alleged bus attack that happened 4:00 yesterday afternoon. >> as we talked about earlier it is unclear if there's any connection between the alleged shooter and the 6-year-old boy, if they're related in any way and there are reports that that little boy is doing fine, that he's been fed and i guess gotten some medicine as well but beyond that it's unclear. what a bizarre story. we'll keep watching that one as well. >>> we're watching wall street, too, where we could hit an all-time high. stocks closed high we are the dow settling 50 points away from the 14,000 mark, 00 points shy of an all-time high, s&p 500 closed at 1508, 16 points from a record high. christine has a look at that for us. >> good morning, stocks have been rising for five years, it's been a five-year bull market and just now people are starting to get convinced. you see lots of money coming into the market, very close to all-time highs. the dow within 210 points of all-time highs. what is h
tell, that is not the case. we do know that the 65-year-old man, jimmy lee dykes had mental issues and he apparently just stormed the bus. we do not know the reason why as of yet bute do not know also if he targeted this bus. it doesn't seem like that's the case. >> what about this child? why did he take this particular little boy? >> reporter: well, it's been reported that this little boy could be a special needs child and perhaps even autistic. once the gunshots were fired at the bus driver, the other kids were able to get off the bus but this was the one boy that was not able to do so, and that's why he was taken. >> just a final question for you, the 65-year-old suspect, he's been building this bunker for, what, the last two years or four months? why does he have a bunker? >> reporter: to be honest, we do not know the answer to that question. we just know that he has been building this bunker for several, for quite some time and we do know this, because he's been doing it for such a long time, he even reportedly has enough food and supplies to last him inside that bunker for fo
monitoring the situation since tuesday. the suspect jimmy lee dykes stormed the school bus, killed the driver, snatched the child and took the little boy into an under ground bunker about 8 feet below ground. police believe dykes has enough food and water to last him several days. elizabeth pran is live at the scene. >> i want you to see how active the crime scene is. up at the top of the hill the fbi convening. we see the crime scene in consultant motion. -- constant motion. we spoke to the police chief he gave us details about the bunker. it's about 4 by 6 feet meaning it's 4 feet wide. it's the size of a rectangle. 4 wide 6 feet long and 8 feet deep. i doesn't know how many supplies he has for how long stored up there. he does know and can confirm they are communicating with the suspect through that pvc pipe they are talking about. the pvc pipe is about 60 feet long. the neighbors describe it as protruding out of what seems to be a homemade fence outside of his driveway. he says the boy is safe. he can confirm he is getting medication. he skaz the family is holding up. although this is ver
out with anger toward jimmy lee dykes. >> i hope they get you and i hope you live the rest of your life in prison and you never see the day of light again. you're going to pay for what you did to this little boy and that bus driver. >> in north texas a manhunt is on to find whoever shot a prosecutor outside a courthouse. kaufman county district attorney mike mcclellan had this message for the shooters. >> we're very confident that we're going to find you, we're going to pull you out of whatever hole you're in and we're going to bring you back and let the people of kaufman county prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. >> there's a $20,000 reward for information that could lead to a conviction. >>> oh, it is cold in the upper midwest today. you can see temperatures in minnesota with windchills that make it feel like minus 25 degrees. that's what it's like in minneapolis and it feels like minus 27 in international falls. woo! >>> san francisco is one of the most gay friendly cities in the world, so imagine how shocked some fans were when one of their beloved 49ers said this.
lee dykes boarded the stopped school bus and demanded two children. when the bus driver refused. dykes shot and killed him and made off with a boy named ethan with a form of autism. he's been in this underground bunker for 150 hours now. police are not releasing much information. we know police say the child is physically unharmed as of now. they were able to get him medicine and coloring books to keep him occupied. yesterday, the sheriff thanked the suspect for taking care of that child. back to you. >> gabe, thank you so much. >>> controversial new comments about gun control from national rifle association wayne lapie e lapierre. he claims an assault weapons ban is a ploy to take all guns away from law-abiding citizens. >> fliers like this, obama is not going to take your gun, obama will protect gun rights. now he's trying to take away all three. >> he's not taking away shotguns. >> have you looked at the feinstein bill he's supporting? that's exactly what it does. i think what they will do is turn this universal check of law abiding to a registry of law-abiding people. they don't w
is described as hanging on by a thread. hostage negotiators have been communicating with suspects jimmy lee dykes through a four-inch-wide pvc pipe that runs 16 feet into the bunker where dykes remains with his 5-year-old captive. >> negotiators continue to communicate with the suspect, and there's no reason to believe the child has been harmed. >> reporter: the two have been underground since tuesday afternoon, when dykes stormed onto a school bus and shot driver charles poland jr. four times, killing him. according to published reports, poland held the gunman at the front of the bus while 21 children escaped out the back. the gunman grabbed two children but one managed to break free. he then kidnapped a boy now identified as ethan. the six foot by eight-foot space has electricity and supplies. police were able to develop food and medication to the boy who has special needs. he's also been able to watch television. reportedly dykes has asked for nothing while refusing to release the child. the fbi stays in contact with dykes during the day and lets him sleep at night.
jimmy lee dykes wants or his motivation, but they have told us what the 5-year-old, ethan wants, and it puts it in perspective if you don't have young children in your life, the priorities of a child. he requested a red hot wheels car and cheese-itz crackers. those were delivered along with more food and medications yesterday. some students will go back to class. some schools have been closed since tuesday when the bus driver, charles poland, "whose funeral was yesterday. >> the children will be asking a lot of questions. i have seen some on the street. some are afraid to get back on the buses, but we have to encourage them and uplift them, in spite of what's going on. we have to let them know, you know, that they are here for an education, don't worry about that. >> reporter: i spoke with a local school bus driver and she says drivers in the district have met and will work on official safety procedures in the event a person gets on the school bus with a weapon. we're expecting the next official update at noon eastern. john. >> victor blackwell in midland city. thank you for kee
: a police source says the suspect is 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes, described as a loner who distrusts the government. the boy is only being identified as ethan. police say the two are holed up eight feet underground in a 4 by 6 foot bunker. it's said to be full of supplies including a television. >> i think that he may have something to say and he wants people to hear him. not sure what that is, but i don't think he intends to hurt that little boy. >> reporter: hostage negotiators have been talking to dykes through a pvc pipe and dykes has allowed police to send medicine and coloring books for ethan down that pipe. >> time decreases stress and anxiety in a hostage situation and as long as you can measure that, there's no need to move this forward perhaps get someone hurt. >> it all started on tuesday when a police source says dykes boarded a school bus demanding two random children. witnesses say the drive charles poland jr. refused and that's when dykes allegedly shot and killed poland and made off with eth ethan. >> my dad loved children. >> reporter: aaron poland and his sister lyd
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